Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Vicki Kristina Barcelona

VickiKristinaBarcelona is Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi, and Terry Radigan, a power trio dedicated to re-imagining the songs of Tom Waits via gorgeous three-part harmonies and a treasure trove of instruments including banjos, bottles and bells, creating a world of sound at once powerful, playful and poignant.  

Seasoned singers and songwriters, each a hybrid story-teller and multi-instrumentalist in her own right, join forces to salute the tragicomic lyrical genius of the Waits songbook. Picture the Triplets of Belleville disguised as Depression Era hobos riding the rails across America stopping to play dance parties and funerals along the road to nowhere.  

Three distinct styles form a captivating original mix, greater than the sum of its' parts, never failing to amaze and delight audiences of all stripes.  Collectively, they have worked with artists including Jack White,  Jackson Browne,  Jane Siberry, Patty Loveless, Dan Penn, Ray La Montaigne, Thomas Dolby, and Taylor Mac.

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Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

Sean Kiely

No Depression writes that Sean Kiely’s 2015 album Your Logo, My Logo “is one of those sublime and unassuming efforts that sneaks up on you until you find it won’t let go." [http://nodepression.com/album-review/sean-kielys-unassuming-originality]

Sean Kiely is a singer-songwriter and guitarist living & writing in Jersey City since 2008. After releasing his first full-length Arch Envy in 2012, Sean turned his focus toward the acoustic guitar, and began crafting the intricate instrumental parts and evocative lyrics that characterize the songs on Your Logo, My Logo. NJ.com writes it is a “grand, acoustic, folk-rock journey through America's recent adventures in the realms of "money, entertainment, news, sports, tribalism, failure, success, love, death and distraction.'" [http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07

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Feb
2
10:00 PM22:00

Adam Masterson + Debra Devi

10 PM Adam Masterson - www.adammasterson.com
"Forget the likes of Pete Yorn and John Mayer. In Masterson, we have a homegrown talent who wipes the floor
with the lot of them.” - Uncut Magazine

11 PM Debra Devi - www.debradevi.com
"Her compelling voice reminds us of Sheryl Crow and PJ Harvey, but Devi's guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix." - Metal Hammer

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Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

Scott Sharrard

2018 GRAMMY nominee Scott Sharrard had been the touring guitarist for the Gregg Allman Band since the Fall of 2008. He’s been called “one of the best guitarists in the country” by Billboard. Gregg Allman, had high praise for the guitarist. “I know all about guitar players —I’ve seen the very best — and Scott Sharrard is the perfect guitarist for my band. He understands that you don’t need to play just for the sake of playing; Scott isn’t one of those guys who thinks they’re getting paid by the note. He never steps on the vocals, and leaves plenty of room for everyone else to do their thing, but when it’s time to solo, Scott delivers, boy.”

While most recently acting as Musical Director & Co-Writer for Allman and recently recording his last record "Southern Blood" in Muscle Shoals, Scott has also been concentrating on the growth of his solo career while holding Gregg's legacy near and dear as a guiding light and point of everlasting inspiration. His next album "Saving Grace" has been recorded and will be released in 2018.

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Feb
9
10:00 PM22:00

Val Emmich and Paul Rosevear

Val Emmich 

The Star-Ledger called Val Emmich “one of the finest songwriters in the Garden State, [and] also one of the most prolific.” He’s also the New York Times’ bestselling author of Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel and an actor who you may have seen on 30 Rock (NBC), Vinyl (HBO) and others. He lives in Jersey City heights.

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For the last 20 years Paul Rosevear’s musical aim has remained the same: to connect with others through a great song, well sung. Along the way, he’s supported artists ranging from Joan Baez to Stone Temple Pilots, licensed his songs to major networks like MTV and The CW Network, penned innumerable jingles in adland, and proudly served spaghetti and meatballs to Ric Ocasek while interning at NYC’s legendary Magic Shop recording studio. His latest solo release is entitled “Pearl,” and his latest band release is The Vice Rags' self-titled EP. Paul also teaches songwriting at Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park. 

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Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

Ian Kenselaar Group

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Bassist Ian Kenselaar is a proud New Jerseyan. He began studying music at age 11 in 2004. Mentor James Buchanan introduced Ian to a jazz program at NJPAC in Newark, directed by tenor saxophonist Don Braden. Jazz House Kids -- a community arts organization lead by bassist Christian McBride and Melissa Walker -- was another important institution in Ian’s early education. There, Ian formed his first deep connections and began a lifelong journey into this music.

Ian went on to study at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, with bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Victor Lewis, and altoist Mark Gross. In 2014 Ian moved to Jersey City to be closer with master drummer and bandleader Winard Harper, who would become another source of great inspiration. Harper hosted a twice weekly jam session and interview series at Moore’s Lounge in JC where young musicians could cut their teeth and learn real lessons on the bandstand from more seasoned players. Some of the guest artists Ian got to play with here include drummer Billy Hart, and tenorman Stacy Dillard, and pianist Norman Simmons. In 2017 Harper selected Ian to be one of twelve national recipients of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute Fellowship in Illinois where he spent a week studying composition with bassist Rufus Reid, pianist Billy Childs, and tenor saxophonist Nathan Davis.

Over the past two years, Ian has also worked with the Princeton University jazz program, under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa with ensembles lead by guest artist Danilo Perez and vocalist Jay Clayton. Currently, Ian is working with tenor saxophonist JD Allen and is proud to be presented on his forthcoming album. Ian looks forward to a busy itinerary in 2019 and will be working hard and taking no prisoners!

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Mar
1
10:00 PM22:00

Scott E. Moore

Americana meets R&B.  Veteran singer-songwriter-guitarist who can break your heart, soothe your soul and make you smirk. He can croon and groove, with a beautiful melody and some nasty blues.

He’s played all over, as a solo act and a sideman. From intimate rooms to New Orleans Jazzfest.  With mind-blowing unknowns to a vast array of eclectic names like Freedy Johnston, Amos Lee, Steve Forbert, Tuck & Patti, Jane Siberry, French pop star Tété and…hell, even The Smothers Brothers. Plus too many more to name here. Good music finds good music.

Scott’s Writer’s Hang residency ran for 10 years in Hoboken, NJ,, where he performed with and hosted some of the best of the best songwriters in the country. The Sundance Channel featured Scott and ‘The Hang’ in their show, “Keeping Time: New Music from America’s Roots,” along with Gillian Welch, Nickel Creek and others.  

He plays ambient soul music at prestigious yoga retreats and has created meditation music for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey.  He’s also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. 

The dude’s got stories to tell.  

"Scott E. Moore makes time disappear...a great singer-songwriter, with a mesmerizing voice and lyrics that draw you into another world."

-- The Bergen Record

“…combining Northern edge with Southern grease in an unbeatable combination...

-- Puremusic.com

"Moore's voice is full of blue-eyed soul, able to express innocent wonder and world-weary resignation..." -- Performing Songwriter Magazine 

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Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Jan
17
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Jan
4
10:00 PM22:00

Molly Tigre

Molly Tigre mashes African music- especially the entrancing rhythms and melodies from Mali and Ethiopia- together with the adventurous and experimental leanings of some frightfully talented NYC musicians. Featuring the compositions of saxophonist Mitch
Marcus (Donovan, Gene Ween Band, Japonize Elephants) and bassist Ezra Gale (Aphrodesia, Super Hi-Fi), the diverse group also showcases saxophonist/flutist Chris Hiatt (Japonize Elephants), drummer Joe Abba (NYC Jazz Exchange) and percussionist
Kolipe Imbrahima Camara (National Dance Company of Guinea) for a sound that could only come from the melting pot of New York City. The band is equally at home playing for dancing crowds at world music and jam band festivals as well as the jazz club
environment.

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Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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Dec
14
10:00 PM22:00

The Free Reeds

The Free Reeds’ is the musical collaboration of renowned piano accordionist Rob Curto, and acclaimed button box player Corey Purcell. These two seasoned musicians combine the strengths of their free reed instruments to create a truly unique performance experience, and incorporate a variety of influences in their musical repertoire including traditional music of Ireland, France, Sweden, and Canada, in addition to many original pieces.

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Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Tiphanie Doucet

Tiphanie Doucet is a French artist based in New York. Her emotionally disarming performances deceive in their simplicity, often times consisting of nothing more than her voice and a guitar, occasionally accompanied by violinist. Yet, they nevertheless arrest audiences through their quiet, brooding intensity, holding a vulnerability that’s offset by a wintry, gallic allure. Doucet recently released her debut album “Under My Sun”, a collection of rustic, yet polished folk numbers produced by David Baron and Simone Felice, who have worked with the likes of Lumineers and Jade Bird. Though Doucet’s influences are prevalent throughout the album, nodding to the likes of Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson and Feist, the work is without a doubt a testament to the uniqueness and originality of her voice. The sound is amplified by Felice and Baron's production, which never feels intrusive, but serves as the perfect complement to the singer’s overpowering voice, interjecting only at key moments of emotional revelation

Tiphanie Doucet a une histoire qui ferait un film. Jeune actrice avec Corinne Touzet (oui quand même), bourse US, Danse sur le grand journal, comédie musicale pour finir par se faire repérer dans le métro de New York. Sa vie ressemble à un condensé de la série Un, Dos, très sauf qu’il est par contre fort probable que vous vous souveniez d’elle dans 10 ans. Car Tiphanie a une voix enchanteresse. Elle mélange une guitare sèche folk avec un petit coté soul. C’est une musique à faire tomber les étoiles, en sirotant un petit whisky et en pensant à la vie.

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Dec
8
10:00 PM22:00

Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes

Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes have been lighting up stages with their high-energy brand of multifaceted Americana music since 2011.  Seamlessly welding folk, blues, country, Broadway, and rock n’roll into a smart, rootsy, compelling sound, Scott and the band join it with a razor-sharp wit to seek out the humanity in moments of love, rage, and despair.

Through six years and two albums (2014’s Life on Fire and 2016’s Welcoming the Flood), they have earned rave reviews, airplay, and fans on festival stages and in listening rooms throughout the Northeast. They are 2016 Nerfa Formal Showcase artists and have appeared as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted”artists.

With their infectious love of music, lyrical imagery, and Scott’s unconquerable voice soaring above the rich counterpoint laid down by Kirk, Matt, Mike, Chris, and Skyler, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes set toes tapping and imaginations humming everywhere they go. They are recording new songs for a 2019 release.

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Dec
7
10:00 PM22:00

RJO Jazz New Release Series: Alex Clough

Alex Clough is a pianist, educator and composer born and bred in Brooklyn,NY. Exposed early on to great music, Alex took an interest in the piano and drums as a child, eventually taking lessons and participating as a high schooler in the All City Concert Band and NJPAC's prestigious Jazz for Teens Program. After graduating with a B.A. from Tufts University in Economics and International Relations and an M.M. from SUNY Purchase in Jazz Studies, Alex embarked on a still-unfolding journey to find his place in New York City's world famous jazz scene.

Over the years, Alex has pursued numerous musical interests. As both sideman and bandleader he has played at a wide array of iconic and historic venues, including Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, Lincoln Center, the United Nations, le Poisson Rouge, SOBs, the Rainbow Room, Cornelia Street Cafe, Rockwood Musical Hall and Joe's Pub. He has served as musical director for Nightingale Jazz Band, Brooklyn church Recovery House of Worship and jazz and opera vocalist marie-claire giraud.

Other pursuits include steady vocal accompaniment work for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and dance accompaniment at Mark Morris Dance Group, NYU, Mason Gross School of the Arts and Montclair State University. Alex also serves on the piano faculty of the Mason Gross Extension Division and works extensively as a private piano instructor in the New York City area.

In recent years, Alex has dedicated more time to writing and arranging for his own projects. His debut album “near, far, beyond” was released October 5th of 2018. It includes all original compositions, each a reflection of Alex's world travels and musical experiences. The album features David Smith on trumpet, Steve Kortyka on tenor saxophone, Jay Sawyer on drums and John Tate on bass. Alex is also member of a Just Play!, an interactive trio featuring Steve Whipple on bass and Peter Traunmueller on drums that brings a collaborative approach and energy to playing jazz standards and other material.

Alex currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey with his wife and two cats.

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Nov
30
10:00 PM22:00

Sylvana Joyce

"Sylvana Joyce is an absolute force of nature. She needs to be seen to be believed...She is a general. She is an emperor. She has been sent from some other dimension to show us the way." - Jimmy Lloyd, NBC

"We were being blown back by the force of her voice and stage presence while at the same time being drawn toward and into the magic of her unique stage personality. People were going crazy by the time she finished." - Concert Review by Laureate Poet Michael Lally

"Equal parts dynamo and siren swirling beneath a petite Eastern European exterior, lead singer and keyboardist Sylvana is basically a human carnival." -Huffington Post

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Nov
24
10:00 PM22:00

Heather Hardy & Christine Santelli

Grammy Nominated songwriter and NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Christine Santelli (guitar, vocals) teams up with Blues Hall of Fame, powerhouse Heather Lil’ Mama Hardy (fiddle,vocals) for special project.

After a successful tour down south and out west, Santelli and Hardy bring this project to their home turf where they first met in 1996. Heather now resides and in Tucson Arizona where she has a successful career with her own Band Lil’ Mama.

Heather Hardy: "Heather Hardy's violin slices through like a diving falcon. Her solos marry lightning virtuosity with melodic sophistication and unhindered soul."

Christine Santelli: "…Christine Santelli’s solo acoustic stunner Dragonfly is a complex, coming of age work…the matured singer-songwriter whose voice and acoustic guitar give wings to her poetry.”..Dave McGee veteran former Rolling Stone writer emeritus and distinguished author, "

These veterans exhibit true respect for each others art and talent, its obvious in their shows, together they are not to be denied.

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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase


An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

 

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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